Welcome to my sale for the following item:

1883 "ELSIE VENNER" Hardcover
Published by T. NELSON & SONS

!! - FOR ONLY AU$43.99 - !!
About 2/3 this amount in US$

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Up for grabs is this antique ornate hardcover copy of Oliver Wendell Holmes' classic tale, "Elsie Venner" (originally published 1861). This beautiful little piece features intricate tooling all over the front cover, with both tooling and gilding on the spine. There is also a frontispiece depicting an action scene from the story, and a woodcut on the title page. It was published by T. Nelson & Sons, but is undated; extensive searching has led me to the date of 1883 (I originally thought 1890-1905, but one description of the same book and pictures of other books published in the same year by them is almost empirical that it was in fact 1883)

As you can see from the photos below, this little gem is doing great for its age. The cover of fine red mylar has seen little surface or edge wear, with only a bit of bumping on the corners. The gold titling is still intact and shiny, and there are no splits along the spine or anything. In fact, this book feels as sturdy as they come, and the pages are quite secure.

All 480 pages are not only intact, but most are free of the usual flaws. While there has admittedly been some yellowing over the years, mainly around the edges, the only spotting is to be found just inside the covers. There are no rips, and the only creases are a handful of once-folded corners. There are no stains, but there is some minimal underlining on five pages of the first chapter.

Like I said, this book is in great condition for its antiquity. It would make a great addition to the bookshelf of any avid antique book collector, OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES fan, or admirer of classic literature in general. 

This item is going out cheap, so hurry up and grab it before someone else beats you to it!

Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions regarding this item. Don't forget to check out my other sales (and eBay auctions) and combine postage & packing on items! And feel free to inspect my eBay Feedback page to see how happy my customers from Australia, the U.S., and the U.K. are with my goods and service!

Rest assured this item will be packed with safe arrival in mind!
Insurance and/or Registering of mail available upon request.


Will consolidate postage costs if you have purchased 2 or more items (where possible)

Buyer to pay exact postage to your zone, plus a fee of AU$1.50 for packaging.

Please feel free to enquire about delivery costs before bidding, or rest secure in the knowledge that I will get you the cheapest rate possible.
Payment: in Australian or U.S. Dollars
Australian Buyers: Direct Deposit (preferred) -
- Money Order - Cheque - Concealed Cash
and/or Postage Stamps
International Buyers: PayPal (in US Dollars - add 10% for processing) - Paymate (NO Registration Required!)International Money Order (add AU$10 for processing) - Bank Draft
Please note that while PayPal is my preferred method of accepting international payments, I'm forced to charge the buyer the bulk of the receiving / conversion / withdrawal fees (which can climb over the average 10.9% on smaller amounts, since it costs $1 to withdraw! And I have to pay for the postage somehow!). 
Also note that IMOs may take 3-6 weeks to clear.

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Many thanks for checking out this item. If you wish to purchase it, please click here and send me your location so I can work out postage and get the total back to you promptly. Of course, if you are planning to buy more than one, let me know the other item(s) too.

Upon receiving payment, you will be notified, and your item will be shipped within 2 working days (the following working day in most cases). I will endeavour to make sure it is securely packed and at your door as soon as possible.

Please note that recycled protective packaging may be used in the packing of this item, in an effort to not only save you money, but to lower the impact on the environment. Any savings on the cost of packing materials will be yours, and reflected in the postage fee (a handling fee of AU$0.50c may still apply - this covers tape, etc).

Also note that I assume no responsibility for items that don't show up. I will, of course, do my part in tracking down items that were Registered, as well as help in any insurance claims. However, I haven't had any lost mail coming or going internationally or within Australia (still, insurance and/or registering can be arranged for your piece of mind).

Thanks again, and HAPPY BROWSING!